For almost 20 years, Hollywood has tried to recapture lightning in a bottle with the imaginative and gothic graphic novel, The Crow. As a dark, edgy, revenge story with a cast of unknowns and b-movie actors, not many would have expected The Crow to be as successful as it was. With the accidental behind-the-scenes death of star Brandon Lee adding an all-too-real sense of tragedy to the film, Hollywood could never have guessed the visceral hold the film would have over audiences and critics alike, which still is prevalent today. After three failed sequels and a failed television series populated the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, it was rumored in 2008 that the film was heading, inevitably so, toward the land of the remakes.
After several different directors and actors have been attached and later left the project, including a version from Blade director Stephen Norrington and scribe Nick Cave and a version from 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo starring Bradley Cooper, it seems the film is finally set to move forward with Before the Fall director F. Javier Gutierrez behind the camera and Luke Evans in the starring role. Recently, it has also been revealed that James O’Barr, the creator of the original comic book The Crow was based on, has also been attached as a consultant on the film. O’Barr himself has revealed his role in working on the film and alongside Gutierrez:
“It was his idea to go rightback to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters. He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”
Alex Proyas’s film was something that took the world by storm and launched a posthumous love for Brandon Lee, and it’s obvious that an attempt to recapture what that film had created, as it’s sequels did, would be a mistake. With O’Barr attached to help move the film along the lines of his comic and a director that is dead set on that approach, this film could still see success. To use the source material in the form of a pre-rendered set of storyboards, like Robert Rodriguez did with Sin City in 2005, is not an unheard-of approach anymore. It only then begs the question of whether Gutierrez will attempt a similar filmmaking approach as Rodriguez did or not. For more on The Crow, F. Javier Gutierrez and James O’Barr, keep checking back here at DiaboliqueMagazine.com!
– By Matthew Delhauer
Matt Delhauer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a degree in communications and digital filmmaking. As an avid fan of horror films since childhood, Matt has had years of exposure to the best, worst, and many in between. Outside of film Matt also holds knowledge in several fields of media and entertainment, from literature to television, which are all met with an eye for analysis and a love of entertainment. For more of Matt’s work take a look at his blog at www.gingergeekblogs.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer